Plot: Herbert Blount (Penn Jillette) made a substantial contribution to the crowdfunded production of Adam Rifkin’s latest feature film, but he knew he could make an even better movie, so he took matters into his own hands. Now he guides us as we watch his director’s cut of the picture, which includes new scenes Blount filmed himself, behind the scenes elements, and new, not so special effects, all cobbled together to allow Blount to prove his vision was superior. The movie follows a murder case and the detectives involved, including an agent played by Missi Pyle, who would become an obsession for Blount as he creeped around the shoot. So sit back and relax, as Blount takes you inside the movie and provides the kind of first hand, in depth insights only a twisted mind like his can produce.
Entertainment Value: A crowdfunded movie about a crowdfunded movie, Director’s Cut is an interesting picture that offers an inside look at movie production, wrapped around a twisted cop movie. The approach could be divisive, as we have Penn Jillette narrating the entire movie in character, so Director’s Cut isn’t a traditional narrative in the least, but I think it works. The unique approach taken helps what would have likely been a mediocre movie stand out as interesting, not to mention all the behind the scenes tidbits will delight movie buffs. I also just think the movie is hilarious, sometimes on purpose thanks to some sharp writing and other times because of how bad the movie is, so in either case, it is a fun ride. The story is ridiculous, but almost seems plausible, given some of the obsessed fans out there and with crowdfunded productions offering on set access to some backers. The cast is colorful and really embraces the goofiness of the material, with Penn Jillette in a manic performance and Harry Hamlin going for broke as a sleazy take on his real life persona. I wouldn’t call the acting good, but it suits the movie’s tone and above all else, is fun as hell in most scenes. Missi Pyle is also quite and makes the most of the offbeat material. So while Director’s Cut is a little uneven, the wild concept and offbeat sense of humor make it an easy recommendation.
The movie has several topless scenes, which are brief, but not shy about showing off the skin involved. The sex scenes are also brief and non graphic, but several sets of bare breasts help balance that out. A little bloodshed, but not much. There is a good amount of violence, but it is mild and never graphic. Most of the crimson comes in aftermath form, where we see the remnants of some attacks, but not the kinetic violence that caused it, as in the Albert Fish and Charles Manson sequences. The special effects are hilarious at times, as Herbert Blount’s technical skills aren’t up to snuff, so movie buffs will eat up the outlandish green screen work he imposes on the source movie. The dialogue is silly and over the top, with a good deal with humorous and memorable lines, thanks to the colorful cast involved. Jillette and Hamlin run with the wackiness and the entire movie is offbeat, so there’s a lot of chances for oddball dialogue to unfold. As for craziness, Director’s Cut delivers solid results and has some off the wall moments. The premise is a wild one, most of the performances are ham handed, and the ridiculous touches help boost the score in this one.
Overall Insanity: 5/10